Business travel is flying high once again, according to the latest figures from London City Airport (LCY).
The airport, which has the highest proportion of business travellers of any airport in the UK, recorded its busiest ever week last week. A total of 84,758 passengers travelled through LCY during week commencing 9 November – a 27% increase on the same period last year and a 5.5% increase on the previous record, set in July 2013.
Thursday 13 November was the busiest day ever at LCY, with 15,899 passengers flying through – 1.3% higher than the previous record set on Friday 23 May 2013.
With more than 60% of passengers using LCY travelling on business, the numbers indicate the return to strength of the business travel market, with workers from Canary Wharf and the City taking to the skies to do deals face to face across Europe.
Declan Collier, CEO at London City Airport said: “The signs are very encouraging. Employers are growing in confidence, releasing travel budgets, and airlines are growing in confidence, adding new routes and increasing frequencies to offer customers more choice. Just last month, Flybe launched services out of London City, boosting connectivity to the UK regions in a move that was welcomed by the Government and illustrating the increasing appetite for airlines to pursue business travellers. Meanwhile, our largest airline partner British Airways is continuing to fill its planes with more and more passengers and expanding its offering to meet demand.
“It is now more important than ever that we are allowed to grow. Our current infrastructure is constrained and with demand continuing to increase, we must develop that infrastructure to continue to offer the convenience, speed and customer experience that we pride ourselves on and for which people choose to travel from LCY, in turn supporting more than 2,000 jobs on campus and driving investment in the Royal Docks and wider East London area.”
London City Airport serves more than 45 routes across Europe and New York. New routes launched this year include Hamburg, Guernsey, Belfast, Inverness and Exeter. LCY is the UK’s most punctual airport, with the most flights on time and the shortest average delay, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
London City Airport (LCY) is the only airport actually in London, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. Catering for around 3.4 million passengers (63% travelling on business, and 61% inbound) and 70,000 movements annually, in November 2014 LCY is celebrating 27 years of operation. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes. 10 airlines fly out of LCY, serving nearly 50 mainly European destinations, eight of which were new for 2013, 7 for 2014. The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum – carrying 6 million passengers - which it intends to do by 2023
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